What is meditation, and why is it important?

I view meditation as exercise for the mind: by repeatedly noticing your thoughts interrupting your focus and then gently returning, you can increase your ability to focus and be present. You can improve your capacity for patience and compassion.

Meditation is not about controlling your thoughts. It is about letting go of them and just observing.

At first, it may seem like your thoughts are amplified. This is because you are noticing them!

Noticing that you keep getting caught up in thoughts is a good thing! That means it\’s working!

Meditation that focuses on your breath is an excellent tool for quieting your mind. As you focus on your breath, your thoughts will quiet down.

When you practice focus, you are able to remain present with what you are doing. This allows for greater attention to detail.

When you are present, you can be calmer because you are not caught up in future worries or past regrets. You can listen better and be less emotionally reactive.